Hackers are extremely persistent and the rewards of breaking into a corporate system can be very lucrative, which means they can be investing days and weeks trying to figure out a route into your system. They are always finding new ways to break in and this year is no exception. Techniques become more sophisticated and bold each year and here are 5 of the biggest threats that will be exploited to pry into corporate systems throughout the world.
Many businesses now use cloud based solutions for software and storage because they can be cheaper and more efficient. However, the cloud can be extremely vulnerable to hackers with critical company data and applications often being targeted. A lot of companies have already been exposed through cloud computing and more will be in 2016.
This malware that locks or encrypts a victim’s computer or network until a bitcoin ransom has been paid will become more prevalent as 2016 progresses. Already this technology is being uses against various industries and individuals through email phishing. This type of attack needs to be carefully explained to staff because they have to be vigilant about files they download or else it could infect your network.
Hacking into networks in order to steal sensitive data has been commonplace for a while now but an extortion hack is a literal shakedown. Whereby hackers hold on to the data and make demands based on the threat of exposing the stolen data. The Ashley Madison hack of 2015 was a key example of extortion. The problem with these attacks is that customers may never know their personal details are vulnerable if the company simply pays up.
The idea of hacking for social and political reasons is not new but the number of hacktivists will increase this year because of the US election cycle. This has happened over the last few election cycles and experts don’t expect it to change this year either. If your company has political dealings, you need to be especially vigilant because this kind of hack can be very damaging.
IoT & Wearables
Rising in popularity amongst the general public means that more employees will be using company networks to support these devices. In 2015 there were many proof of concept attacks and it follows that genuine attacks will increase this year. Be vigilant about allowing staff to access company networks with these devices because they could easily be used as a back door for hackers.